Monday, December 31, 2012

Hedge Funds Cut Bullish Bets to Lowest Since June: Commodities

Did somebody use the word recession?  According to Bloomberg’s Elizabeth Campbell hedge funds cut bullish commodity bets to a six-month low as mounting concern that slowing economic growth will erode demand drove prices toward the first fourth-quarter retreat since the global recession.

Speculators reduced net-long positions across 18 U.S. futures and options by 11 percent to 675,625 million contracts in the week ended Dec. 24, the lowest since June 19, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission data show. Gold holdings reached a four-month low, while those for copper dropped for the first time in five weeks. Investors are the most bearish on natural gas since May.
The Standard & Poor’s GSCI Spot Index of 24 raw materials fell 3.2 percent since Sept. 30, the first retreat for the period since 2008....

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